Life Before Life
- A film about identity, mental health issues and healing one’s soul
It’s dawn. Wearing a backpack, Erik looks out over the neighborhood where he grew up. He bends over to pick up a stone (for good luck). A soulful journey awaits, months of trekking to a far corner of the world, Cape Finisterre. Erik works for the Church of Sweden as a cleaner. He’s unhappy with his job and his mental health is strained. To break the vicious cycle of depression along with answers to his inner turmoil, he embarks on a pilgrimage to find direction. This trek is a perfect opportunity to reflect on his life.
Erik was born female, but from an early age he felt trapped in the wrong body. When he was 18, he began his transition with hormone treatments and surgery. After meeting Martyna, the love of his life, thoughts of what makes a person a real man weigh on his mind. He struggles with body dysphoria - would he ever be able to accept himself? Suppressed memories resurface. Troubling incidents from the past: bullying at school, years of sexual abuse.
Anxiety and depression have left him too ill to work, but a new door opens as well – a journey beyond his wildest dreams.
Prince of Dreams was filmed over the course of 10 years, beginning when Erik was 17. Though it deals with serious issues, the film is also alive with humor and with love.
It's been said that in a near death experience, you can see your entire life flash before your eyes. Memories move and blink like views from a dashing train.
'The memory scan procedure doesn't carry any risks to your health or life', Weronika has been told. Stuck between memories and reality, fiction and thruth she's trying to resist intervention to her stranded mind.
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